Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Australian Scratch built 2 pounder anti tank gun 28mm

Continuing with my Supports for Pacific Aussies, a scratched built 2 pounder anti tank gun with Perry plastic converted 28mm figures for the crew.

This gun is covering the road between Primary jungle. 
Completed gun with crew
Completed models, prior to painting.
Start of the building process for the 2 pounder

The platform for the gun was constructed using plastic sprues,Evergreen styrene sheet and brass rods. 

The actual gun portion was made by milling metal wire with my hand motor and soldering them together.

Next step was to start modifying some Perry 8th army Plastic  figures for the crew.

After viewing some images on the web I decided to model  one of the guns with side shields this gun will be destined for the Pacific. 
You may have  noticed, I actually modeled two, 2 pounder guns, one for the Aussies in the Pacific theater the other for a future project : 8th army in the Desert theater (which keeps being put on the back burner, for the past 2 years).
Australian 2 pounder crew in the jungle with side shields attached.

Some conversion work was carried out to facilitate the crew using a hobby knife and Green stuff putty, the shorts where also converted to long trousers.

Some of the metal helmets where substituted with slouch hats , ammo rounds and  ammo container where also modeled. 
I probably should have removed the bayonet for the crew.

Completed gun based on a magnetic sheet with Milliput added to the surface for texture, before applying the Milliput putty I super glued  some brass rods  onto the magnetic sheet to provide rigidity and strength to the magnetic sheet.
The wheels where modeled using 2 plastic bases in the Perry 8th army plastic kits. Follow the link for instructions on how its done; Modelling wheels.

The gunner is permanently fixed in place.

Model is painted with the base colour being: Vallejo model colour Russian uniform and I used the same painting technique  as for painting Late war British vehicles.
The grasses where made with my
DIY Static grass applicator.

 The  crew painted; Junior Leader on the right.

 More crew members.

The Junior leader of the gun is positioned standing at the rear of the gunner, I decide to place him here after viewing many images on the web with the commander taking up such a position.

Junior Leader peering over the gun shield on Overwatch,  for  Japanese tanks.

Cheers John 


  1. your work never ceases to amaze and inspire me

    1. Thanks and that's good to hear Bradley.
      cheers John

  2. Wonderful modelling and painting John!

  3. Absolutely awesome! The scratch build is impressive but your painting is the icing on the cake.

    1. Thank you Nick for your comments.
      cheers John

  4. Gawd, Man, when do you sleep?! Wonderful Stuff!!

    1. Thank you Dick, holidays come in handy for hobbies.
      cheers John

  5. Buen trabajo!
    I can feel the love you put in your little soldiers!

  6. Excellent scratch-builds and conversions :)

  7. Very, very talented John and your collection of figures, vehicles, buildings and terrain have become so unique.
    Pat (silverwhistleblog)

  8. Hi John, that is a fantastic scratch build work on the Side Shield version of your 2 Pounder Gun.

    Can you let me know where I can obtain the Dimensions and Drawings to do a pair of these Side Shields for my 1/35th Scale VULCAN Scale Models QF 2 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun kit? Thanks.